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Unread 12-14-2009, 05:12 PM   #1
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Hey guys I have a 1996 Nissan 240SX S14 and im planning on becoming a drifter. Right now my car has the stock KA24DE engine and it's basically a stock car so Im wondering what kind of modifications I need to do to make the car a good drifter. Please give me some recommendations thanks

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You'll, first and foremost, want an LSD. Don't get a clutch-type unless you favor replacing it very frequently. In a normal car that doesn't spend it's life sideways, they only last 50-75K. I prefer a Viscous LSD, myself. An LSD and the right tires will let you drift quite well with an otherwise stock car, let you get a lot of practice in.

Then, you need an engine with high torque AND high HP. You also need a manual trans, as an automatic WILL upshift whenever the RPMs get high enough. That will ruin the drift. What engine you choose is up to you....high-power SR20, smallblock V8, it doesn't matter. You just need alot of torque and alot of horsepower, and it needs to be well built as it's going to be revving very high. It's a given that the whole driveline will need to be upgraded to stand the torque.

Then you need to increase the steering throw. You'll be able to get a bigger drift if your front tires can steer more. I've seen pro-level drift cars with nearly 90 of steering throw from straight to lock, it's crazy.

Last important parts you'll need are drift tires and a fully adjustable suspension. Normal tires are too grippy, and they'll explode under drifting. Drift tires are specially designed to slide, but do so predictably, and not explode while doing so. The adjustable suspension lets you set the amount of oversteer you want, control things like wheel hop and body roll, and generally make the car behave as you wish. This also includes things like strut braces, anything to improve the suspension.

Once you do that, a roll cage for safety, then it's up to you what kind of obnoxious and dumb looking body panels/rims/neons/useless spoiler/whatever you tack on afterwards. It seems required for drifters, I have yet to see a car drifting that didn't look like it was riced out. Personally, I see no possible performance aid a drift car will get from a spoiler, obnoxious bodywork, two different colors of rims and the like when it's going sideways, but they're on there anyways. That's all up to you, tho.

The absolute most important thing, however, is finding a place to safely and legally drift. Doing it on city streets/in public parking lots = bad idea. If you want to know why, youtube "arab drifting".
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My car forces me to be a drifter in winter, it will randomly chuck me sideways (I was going down the highway at a 90 degree angle last time it snowed).. Its fun but dangerous especially with a lot of traffic.
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I have no idea what kind of horsepower that engine pulls, or how 'professional' you want to be, testECull has a great description of what a 'pro' car would have, but how into it are you? If you just want to have some fun at the track every sunday i would say:
1) boost your horsepower in the low-end i would say get a supercharger
2) stiffen up your suspension
3) lower the car (looks good and adds stability)
4) i believe they are "anti-roll bars?" I only saw them in Gran Turismo 3 for the PS2, but make sure those are stiff of avoid body roll
5) get some new tires

This is just what i have learn from playing video games, but those are the upgrades i needed (lame eh)

Keep in mind this is only for mild drifting and you don't want to blow $20,000, my buddy david does some stuff in his volvo crosscountry (bone stock) in our work parking lot and the streets around us. his favourite line is "rip the e-brake)
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Hey guys I have a 1996 Nissan 240SX S14 and im planning on becoming a drifter. Right now my car has the stock KA24DE engine and it's basically a stock car so Im wondering what kind of modifications I need to do to make the car a good drifter. Please give me some recommendations thanks
You don't need any modifications to make the car a good drifter. From everything I have seen/heard personally, drifting is 30% car 70% driver.

Honestly, all you need to do is keep up on your maintenance and find yourself a track nearby that allows drifting to go and practice on. Also, don't drift on your good tires. Buy a cheap set for the rears and run with those. Drifting eats up a LOT of tires.

Once you start gaining better control and having prolonged drifts, then you can go to an LSD (Cusco or KAAZ, no cheap stuff!), tires that are better for drifting, and start on the suspension and the engine.

Remember, the original drifters didn't have any fancy suspension or high powered turbo power plants. They ran with what they had already on a car and made adjustments along the way.
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you wont be able to get much of a drift without an lsd. a lot of people who use their cars just for drifting will use a welded diff.

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K thanks for the recommendations guys. I might get an LSD first and then swap in an SR20DET into my car.

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Last important parts you'll need are drift tires and a fully adjustable suspension. Normal tires are too grippy, and they'll explode under drifting. Drift tires are specially designed to slide, but do so predictably, and not explode while doing so. The adjustable suspension lets you set the amount of oversteer you want, control things like wheel hop and body roll, and generally make the car behave as you wish. This also includes things like strut braces, anything to improve the suspension
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oh crap...you got me thinking about exploding tires...I'm not gonna kill my tires going fast around an occasional corner right? its a nissan sentra lol...doesnt exactly drift, just skids a little which is fun

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My car forces me to be a drifter in winter, it will randomly chuck me sideways (I was going down the highway at a 90 degree angle last time it snowed).. Its fun but dangerous especially with a lot of traffic.
lold at the vid when the tire came off the first car

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oh crap...you got me thinking about exploding tires...I'm not gonna kill my tires going fast around an occasional corner right? its a nissan sentra lol...doesnt exactly drift, just skids a little which is fun

The odd slide won't hurt them. It would only be an issue if you drifted regularly on them.

Any tire will explode if you get it too hot or wear too much rubber off of it. Drifting does both at once. The odd slide, however, does not.

Your tires will wear faster, however, so keep a close eye on your tread depth.
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